On Thursday a Richmond, Va.-based federal appeals court hit the Trump administration with a major blow by refusing to reinstate Donald Trump’s travel ban, which banishes 6 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted and a 10-3 ruling said that Trump’s travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
According to Judge Roger Gregory, who wrote the opinion of the court, Congress granted Trump with a broad power to deny entry to immigrants, but that that power is not absolute.
“It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation,” he wrote.
One of the judges, Judge Stephanie Thacker, voted to keep the block in place, although she did express that she would have not have considered the remarks Trump made about banning Muslims while on the campaign trail.
“While on the campaign trail, a non-incumbent presidential candidate has not yet taken the oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution’ and may speak to a host of promises merely to curry favor with the electorate,” she said.
“Once a candidate becomes President, however, the Constitution vests that individual with the awesome power of the executive office while simultaneously imposing constraints on that power.”
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